The Diocese of Canterbury is the oldest in England and serves a very diverse range of communities in Kent. As well as villages, market towns and commuter-belt developments, we have 350 miles of coastline, historic ports and seaside resorts. Affluent areas sit next to pockets of major deprivation. We aim for a flourishing future for our Church based on growth in discipleship, confidence and numbers as set out in our vision Changed Lives → Changing Lives.
We are seeking a new Finance Director to drive the strategic financial direction and oversee the financial health of the Diocesan Board of Finance. This leadership role plays a crucial part in shaping the financial framework that underpins the diocese's mission and initiatives, ensuring effective stewardship of resources for the flourishing of our benefices and long-term sustainability of their mission. Your leadership extends to managing a dedicated Finance & Giving Team and Strategic Property Director.
You will be instrumental in providing strategic financial guidance to the Board of Finance to enable the Episcopal Staff Team, Archbishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod to take informed decision-making that aligns with our missional objectives. Your primary goal will be to establish and maintain modern and robust financial systems, policies, and practices, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and promoting a culture of financial transparency and accountability. You will lead initiatives to enhance financial efficiency, manage investments, and explore opportunities for revenue generation to support the diocese's mission and growth. Your ability to navigate complex financial landscapes with limited financial resource and communicate financial concepts to non-financial stakeholders will be essential in driving the diocese's financial success and sustainability forward.
- Lead financial strategies for the Diocese ensuring a sustainable system of long-term planning, effective annual budgeting, and financial management.
- Lead the preparation of the diocesan annual budget to enable the effective delivery of the strategic vision.
- Communicate financial information effectively to Synod, Archbishop’s Council, Diocesan Board of Finance, and key stakeholders to inform effective and accurate decision making.
- Monitor and report on financial performance against budget, raising potential areas of concern and potential on a timely basis.
- Develop and build strong relationships at all levels, with clergy and lay people as required, recognising that parishes are critical to the performance and financial health of the diocese.
- Ensure that the accounting records for the charity and its associated group of companies/charities are kept accurately and up to date.
- Develop processes to review and understand issues being experienced by parishes, so that parishes can be further supported by the Diocese in order to improve financial performance.
- Manage the Risk Register and ensure risks are appropriately identified, mitigated and monitored – leading on all financial/property/investment related risks.
Full details of the role and responsibilities required can be found in the link below.
- Candidate brief
- Welcome letter
- Please apply by visiting www.thewlisgraham.com/assignment-briefings and following the instructions in the candidate brief quoting reference AA0801.
The closing date is 26 September at 4pm.
For a confidential conversation with Sarah Thewlis or for any other information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.